Is Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ready to level up?

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Entering his third season in the NFL, Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett is putting in the work to take his game to the next level.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s physical gifts and attributes have never been in question. The six-foot-four, 272 pounds product out of Texas A&M put up ridiculous numbers at the combine.

Watching someone of that size run a 4.64 40-yard dash with a 41’’ vertical leap is almost hard to wrap your head around. Garrett is the type of athlete that only comes around once or twice in a generation.

The one question surrounding the uber-talented defensive end was, is he all-in on realizing his full potential? Entering his third season as a professional, Garrett is answering that question emphatically. Garrett has spent his offseason stocking his toolbox with new tools.

More from Browns News

Two weeks ago, the standout pass rusher posted videos on his Instagram of him performing tremendous feats of strength and athleticism at the Browns practice facility at Berea.

The first of which showed Garrett squatting 675 pound for sets of two. As anyone who has found themselves in a squat rack with a bar on their shoulders can attest, that is some serious weight.

The second feat may have been even more impressive. Garrett was performing 40-inch box jumps…with 50 pound dumbbells in each hand. The amount of explosiveness and functional body strength that it takes to perform such a dynamic exercise is almost unfathomable. He made it look easy.

Then, this past week, the Pro Bowler traded in his helmet and cleats for 4 oz. gloves and a mouthpiece. Garrett made the trip to Strongsville, OH to put in work alongside former UFC Heavyweight Champion and Cleveland native Stipe Miocic. The Browns posted a video of Garrett being put through some pad work drills with Miocic’s boxing coach Alex Cooper.

The trainers at Strong Style MMA and Fitness also put Garrett through footwork and head movement drills. While we are hopeful that Garrett doesn’t throw any punches this upcoming season, cross-training in mixed martial arts has proven to be a successful training tool for numerous NFL players. The conditioning and coordination that can be gained through those type of workouts translate well to Garrett’s full-time profession.

The offseason is where you can make the biggest leaps of improvement, and the great ones always find a way to add new wrinkles to their game. His willingness to challenge himself outside of his comfort zone demonstrates his dedication to becoming the best version of himself. That should terrify offensive linemen league-wide.

The old adage “if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse” definitely applies to the life of a pro football player. For an average player, those improvements can mean the difference between making a 53-man roster and cleaning out your locker.

Next. Cleveland Browns News: Do the Browns have a weakness?. dark

But for a player of Garrett’s caliber, those improvements can make the difference between going to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu and getting fitted for a gold jacket in Canton. Greatness is right in front of Myles Garrett, all he has to do is reach out and grab it. By all accounts, he is all in.